Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Sally Mann Show at The Photographer's Gallery

Distinguished Southern photographer Sally Mann has a major show of her work at The Photographer's Gallery in London, now up through September 19th, 2010.  The show is entitled The Family and the Land and is Mann's first solo show in the United Kingdom.

Works in this show are drawn from several bodies of Mann's work that demonstrate her deep connections to her family and to the southern landscape she lives and works in. These bodies of work include Immediate Family (1984-1994), her early portraits of her children Emmett, Jessie and Virginia; Deep South (1996 – 98), images of Southern landscapes chosen because of their association with the Civil War; and What Remains (2000-04), haunting images of decomposing bodies made at a forensic research facility in Tennessee.

Given the controversial nature -- in the States -- of Mann's images of her children and the potentially disturbing quality of her images of decaying corpses, some interesting features of this exhibition are the notes for families and youth groups touring this exhibition, links to which are at the bottom of this page, here.

The Photographer's Gallery also has a guide to Mann's photographic techniques, here.

On the occasion of this show, London's Daily Telegraph has an on-line Gallery of Mann's work and a  story about the collodion process in photography.

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